Plant Identification and Pruning

Asked April 28, 2017, 7:18 PM EDT

Is this Jasmine? When do I prune the dead blooms?

Clackamas County Oregon nandina plant identification

1 Response

Thank you for attaching the image of your mystery plant. It is not jasmine. It is heavenly bamboo (Nandina domestica), a common landscape shrub sometimes used as a hedge. (See http://oregonstate.edu/dept/ldplants/2plants.htm#nandina.) For comparison, see images and information about jasmine here: http://oregonstate.edu/dept/ldplants/2plants.htm#jasminum.

Nandina produces upright, airy bloom stems in late spring or early summer which are attractive as “fillers” in flower arrangements.. If the flowers are successfully pollinated under natural conditions, the plant will display showy clusters of red, non-edible berries during the fall and winter. I see one red berry toward the upper left, just below the top of the fence. You can remove that cluster and other spent flower stems whenever you see them.